Cultural correspondent : A three-day drama festival begain on the Jahangirnagar University campus yesterday in memory of Selim Al Deen, a teacher of the university and a noted dramatist of the country.
Tomorrow is the 6th death anniversary of this dramatist. Dhaka Theatre, Gram Theatre, Selim Al Deen Foundation and Spndon Theatre Group have arranged separate staging of his drama.
The famous "Joiboti Konyar Mon", the popular drama of Selim Al Deen was staged on Saturday.
Featuring the stories of two women belonging to different ages -- Kalindi (representing the 18th century) and a contemporary 'jatra' artiste Pori -- Al Deen in "Joiboti Konyar Mon" presents how they become victims of a flawed social system. The play belongs to Kathanatya form, a term introduced by Al Deen.
The storyline of the play taps two separate mental stances of a young girl, namely Kalindi. She was born to Srikar, a Mansha devotee. Kalindi grew up with melody of Mangal Songs and classical dances and fell in love with Sankar, a step-son of Srikar. This is how the saga unravels.
Sadia Jafrin played the role of Kalindi while Nayem Shaon, Zubayer Tipu, Jayashree Sanyasi and Sudipayan Bhattacharya acted the roles of Alal, Sankar, Jagodumba and Srikar respectively. Asif-ul-Islam, Mofazzal Hossain, Rana and Aminul Islam played other roles in the play.
Russel Rana designed the lights while Nayem Shaon the set. Sudipayan Bhttacharya directed the music for the play. Sadia Jafrin designed costumes for the production and Asif-ul-Islam was the production manager of the play.
With some innovative ideas and originality in style of writing drama, Selim Al Deen became the renowned playwright of the country. He was popularly known as "Natyacharya", he wrote and directed a number of plays.